SAN DIEGO – May 6, 2013 – Now that six stars are left competing on “Dancing With The Stars” and the show has reached Week 8, expectations are high from the judges and the fans too for high quality performances.
The competitors must learn two routines each week, and this week gave us the Trio dances. The stars get the benefit of being coached by a second professional dancer with a fresh take. The Trios also force the choreographers to get creative with an additional dancer in the mix. It makes for some of the best entertainment of the season for viewers.
Zendaya Coleman made the most of it, dancing a “sizzling, dazzing, amazing” salsa with Val Chmerkovskiy and Gleb Savchenko. All three judges pointed out that the dancers let Zendaya be the star. Sometimes this can be forgotten. They rewarded the trio with the season’s first perfect score of 30. Zendaya and Val also danced a delightful Foxtrot for 28 points. They are at the top of the leaderboard with 58 points.
The most controversial moment of Season 16 so far focused on the response to the dramatic, devilish Paso Doble Trio by Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough with Tristan McManus. Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli raved about the drama and style, but Len Goodman blasted Derek Hough for the lack of classic Paso characteristic and for relying instead on “flashing lights and crashing music.” It was two tens and a lone seven.
Hough has been willing to take a risk with the choreography through the years. Some are hits with the judges, some are misses, but they all score with his fans. As his Twitter fan club posted, “As we always say… Don’t get mad, get even!!! VOTE!!!” Kellie and Derek’s Viennese Waltz was the emotional opposite, angelic and heartfelt, scoring 28 points. Their 55 point total still puts them in the top half of the leaderboard. Watch here and see what you think.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas had a standout week. First, they impressed the judges with a dynamic, dramatic Argentine Tango taking advantage of Aly’s athleticism. Those 29 points were added to another 29 points for a character driven Jive Trio with Henry Byalikov. The judges praised her development of character and her consistency.
Jacoby Jones performed a powerful Paso Doble, but a little too powerful at the expense of control for the judges. He received 25 points. Jacoby’s mom was much happier with the score for his elegant Viennese waltz with Karina Smirnoff, all nines for 27 points and a total of 52 points.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson’s scores were consistent – two sets of three eights each for their Sinatra themed Foxtrot and lively Jive Trio with Lindsay Arnold, for 48 points.
It looks like it will be Sean Lowe’s week to say goodbye to the ballroom unless his fans get busy voting. His scores were also consistent, all sevens. His Tango was inconsistent, and his Jazz Trio with Sharna Burgess had similar problems with footwork. Doesn’t he have a big wedding to plan anyway?
Fans are asked to choose one of six dance styles for the six remaining couples via Twitter hashtag voting. The choices are Afro-Jazz, Disco, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Lindy Hop, and Charleston. Fans need to write the style and the star’s first name to vote. For example, Mark Ballas asked fans to choose Afro-Jazz for him and Aly Raisman, so the hashtag needs to read #afrojazzaly to count. Jacoby Jones is getting a lot of #discojacoby votes, and he promises to wear an Afro wig for the dance. We will learn the final assignments on Tuesday night.
It’s the point of the season where fan voting starts making a huge difference in the outcome for the competitors. Vote online, by phone, or vote via text message using the last four numbers for any couple. You can vote online at the official Dancing With The Stars page on Facebook, or the ABC Dancing With The Stars page.
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot: 9/10/9 = 28
Salsa Trio with Gleb Savchenko: 10/10/10 = 30
TOTAL 58 POINTS
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Argentine Tango: 9/10/10 = 29
Jive Trio with Henry Byalikov = 9/9/9 = 27
TOTAL 56 POINTS
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Viennese Waltz: 9/9/10 = 28
Paso Doble with Tristan McManus: 10/7/10 = 27
TOTAL 55 POINTS
Voting # 1-800-868-3401
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Viennese Waltz: 9/9/9 = 27
Paso Doble Trio with Cheryl Burke: 8/9/8 = 25
TOTAL 52 POINTS
Voting # 1-800-868-3412
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Foxtrot: 8/8/8 = 24
Jive Trio with Lindsay Arnold: 8/8/8 = 24
TOTAL 48 POINTS
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Tango: 7/7/7 = 21
Jazz Trio with Sharna Burgess: 7/7/7 = 21
TOTAL 42 POINTS
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
“Dancing With the Stars: The Results airs Tuesday night, May 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.
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